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Florida Folk Festival Celebrates Everything Florida

May 06, 2013 02:00AM
The Florida Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts, and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes and kumquat pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state's cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida's heritage.

Folk artists and tradition-bearers presented each year in the Folklife Area reflect research and field documentation conducted by the Florida Department of State's Folklife Program. The Folklife Area celebrates the diverse cultures of the Lower St. Johns River Basin. Be sure to visit the Folklife Area to experience the compelling traditions and savor the flavors, sights, and sounds, of some of Florida's oldest and newest cultural communities. The Florida Folk Festival will be held May 24-26, at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, home of the Florida Folk Festival for 60 years.

The Festival is presented under the auspices of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks. For more information, visit their web site at www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest.